Tuscan White Bean and Quinoa Salad {Healthy, Gluten-Free, Vegan}

This flavorful and fresh Tuscan White Bean and Quinoa Salad has the perfect balance of savory and sweet thanks to one of my favorite dressing enhancers that is drizzled on top! Grain-free option also included!

This fresh and summery salad is bursting with Italian flavor.

Do you grow tomatoes in the summer?

Or do you buy local tomatoes from the farmers market or veggie stand?

If so, than you know how amazing a fresh, juicy and sweet a tomato can be!

There is nothing that compares to the taste of summer tomatoes, sprinkled with a dash of salt, some fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil! Am I right?

If you love fresh Italian flavors, like me, than you will love this recipe for sure! The ripe summer tomatoes, fragrant basil, and red peppers offer up a wonderful bouquet of sweet fresh flavor that you will deeply enjoy!

Besides having amazing flavor, this salad is highly nutritious and well balanced. The beans and quinoa provide a nice energy boost by supplying protein, which will leave you feeling comfortably full and satisfied! The tomatoes are a excellent source of vitamin C, biotin, vitamin K, phytonutrients and lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in bone health, and the tomatoes’ phytonutrients support a healthy heart (they have been shown to have anti-aggregation properties (prevents clumping of blood)).

Another awesome thing about this salad is how easy it is to make! You can have it ready in under 15 minutes. Just cook up some quinoa, open a can of white beans, chop up the veggies, and top it all off with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction! Ready to try some?

Did I mention it’s beautiful to look at too? So colorful! Enjoy πŸ™‚

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This flavorful and fresh Tuscan White Bean and Quinoa Salad has the perfect balance of savory and sweet thanks to one of my favorite dressing enhancers that is drizzled on top! Grain-free option also included!

This flavorful and fresh Tuscan White Bean and Quinoa Salad has the perfect balance of savory and sweet thanks to one of my favorite dressing enhancers that is drizzled on top! Grain-free option also included!

Tuscan White Bean and Quinoa Salad {Healthy, Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Quinoa and white bean salad with tomatoes and basil.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa makes 2.5 cups cooked, Paleo- can sub for 1 cup cauliflower "rice"
  • 1 can white beans omit for paleo
  • Β½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ΒΌ cup sweet red pepper diced
  • ΒΌ cup red onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil chopped fine

Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Β½ tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ΒΌ teaspoons of salt
  • ΒΌ teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to directions and place in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the drained and rinsed white beans, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, and basil.
  3. In a small blender combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
  4. Drizzle dressing onto the salad and mix.
  5. Place the salad into the serving bowl or dish and drizzle balsamic reduction on top, and garnish with extra basil.
Nutrition Facts
Tuscan White Bean and Quinoa Salad {Healthy, Gluten-Free, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

80 Comments

  1. Going to make this tonight and add some grilled cubed zucchini – still overloaded with that in my garden. And some jalapenos too!

  2. I feel you re: fresh, homegrown tomatoes. I usually grow my own in containers (and love it!), but didn’t this year due to a recent move. Le sigh.

    This salad looks great! It would be a really tasty and healthy lunch.

  3. Yes you are right !! Growing Tomatoes is everything ! I am the self proclaimed queen of home grown tomatoes. I have them everywhere. I live for home grown heirloom tomatoes. Ha! I love how fresh and healthy this dish looks !

  4. This looks so good! I bet it would be great with an egg served over it for breakfast (for those who are non-vegan of course). Not that it needs a thing more, it looks perfect!

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